5:20 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

UAB Freed

News that the University of Alabama in Birmingham would reinstate the UAB Blazers football team allowed fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Now the fine print is sinking in. As APR’s MacKenzie Bates takes a look at the price tag of saving the UAB Blazers from the perspective of someone who’s seen the team from the inside out…

“Given the broad base of support never before seen, as of today, we are taking steps to reinstate the football, rifle and bowling programs.”

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5:23 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

UAB to restore three athletics programs, Atlantic Hurricane Season

Football, Bowling and Rifle are coming back to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

President Doctor Ray Watts decided Monday morning to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters went through the weekend. 

Doctor Watts announced six months ago the University could not support the football, bowling and rifle programs due to financial reasons.  UAB commissioned a report saying it would cost $49 million over five years to field a competitive program.

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4:38 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

UA Students compete in NASA Competition, UAB football saga continues

Engineering students from Alabama are helping NASA design ways to dig for minerals on other planets. The agency’s Robotics Mining Competition begins this morning at the Kennedy Space Center.  Students from the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College have built a robot digger for the competition.

Dr. Kenneth Ricks is an associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering.  He says this is robotics mining competition puts his team up against some of the best programs on the planet…

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11:57 am
Sun May 3, 2015

UAB names Ingram Athletic Director

The University of Alabama-Birmingham has its next athletic director.

UAB announced Friday in a news release that high-ranking Temple athletics administrator Mark Ingram will head the university's recently football-deprived athletic program. reports Ingram has deep roots in the south, having both played football and worked at Tennessee. Until his hiring, Ingram had been Temple executive senior associate athletics director.

Ingram replaces Brian Mackin, who stepped down days before UAB announced it was disbanding its football program.

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3:41 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Federal justice official to speak at UAB forum


The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host a federal Department of Justice official, who will speak on civil rights and on an outreach program.

Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta will discuss federal efforts to protect civil liberties and rights of minorities and immigrants from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

UAB officials say Gupta worked for the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP before joining the Department of Justice.

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UAB to Study Cannabis Oil
6:06 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

UAB to Study Use of Cannabis Oil

Drop of Cannabis Oil

 The Food and Drug Administration is giving the University of Alabama at Birmingham the green light to study the use of a marijuana derivative to treat seizures.    Parents of children with seizure disorders persuaded the Alabama Legislature last year to pass a bill authorizing UAB's Department of Neurology to do a study of the marijuana derivative cannabidiol as a seizure treatment.    A UAB spokesman said Tuesday that the FDA has approved the study, but has requested modifications. A university review board will discuss the changes next month.

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UAB Shuts Down Football
3:10 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

UAB Shuts Down Football

UAB Blazers logo

UAB is shutting down the football program. The university announced the decision Tuesday minutes after President Ray Watts met with the Blazers players and coaches. UAB made the decision after a campus-wide study conducted by a consulting firm over the past year. Watts says financial realities "are starker than ever and demand that we take decisive action for the greater good of the athletic department and UAB." He says UAB subsidizes two-thirds of the $30 million annual operating budget.

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Cancer Disparities Grant
3:46 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

UAB, Alabama State Given Cancer Research Grant

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.

UAB officials said in a statement Tuesday that the $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute will allow both schools to execute cancer-related research and training focused on helping underserved communities.

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Jefferson County-Heroin
4:45 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

100 Heroin-Related Deaths Noted In Jefferson Co.

Jefferson County's medical examiner says there have been 100 heroin-related deaths in the county this year, surpassing 58 that were recorded in 2013.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Jefferson County's medical examiner says there have been 100 heroin-related deaths in the county this year, surpassing 58 that were recorded in 2013. reports Chief Medical Examiner Gregory Davis is asking the Jefferson County Commission for a 2 percent funding increase to help cover autopsy costs and renew a contract with UAB to provide toxicology services. A committee approved his request and the full commission is expected to vote on it Wednesday.

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Business & Education
9:25 am
Sat October 4, 2014

UAB Lands $49 Million Education Grant

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been awarded a seven-year grant worth $49 million to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter college and succeed.

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Science & Health
6:36 am
Tue August 26, 2014

UAB Launches Online Medical Portal


The University of Alabama at Birmingham has launched an online medical site that will allow physicians to make medical recommendations and write prescriptions.

Director of Primary Care at UAB Dr. Stuart Cohen says the new site is meant to offer convenience for young, otherwise healthy people who develop common and non-urgent conditions like the flu, pink eye or a cold.

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Science & Health
10:22 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

UAB Researchers Studying Deadly Fungal Infection

A pseudohyphal mutant of the yeast Cryptococcus neoformans. (
Felicia J. Walton, Duke University, Durham, NC

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are hoping to learn more about a deadly fungal infection called Cryptococcus.  The germs are inhaled at a young age and are present in most people.  And most people handle it just fine.  But in some it can develop into fungal meningitis that can be fatal.  UAB professor of medicine Peter Pappas says people with compromised immune systems are the highest risk. 

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Science & Health
12:11 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

UAB Study Finds HIV-Prevention Device Safe for Women

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

New research out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham has found an HIV prevention method for women is safe.  The early phase one trial tested out new intravaginal rings carrying two anti-HIV drugs.  Women who used the rings for a month found them acceptable and one of the drugs was detected later.  Unfortunately, the other wasn’t.  But Craig Hoesley, a doctor and professor of medicine who oversaw the trial, said the results were encouraging.  He says other HIV prevention methods like condoms are useful. 

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